Is Bangalore safe for women? Ask me, I’m a Bengaluru hudugi

It’s amusing to see men from Bangalore share posts on Facebook about how Bangalore is a safe city. And that, what happened on New years’ was just alcohol-induced. Firstly, dear men of Bangalore, hold that thought. Would you care to ask a woman how she feels, before you post another status on Facebook? I’m a Bangalorean, I was born here, and lived here all my life. I am as Bangalorean as  and I can tell you this: I do not feel safe in the city. Not a decade ago, not…

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Supreme Court to consider banning charge-sheeted candidates from polls

The Supreme Court has today agreed to hear a petition that seeks to ban anyone who has been charge-sheeted in a criminal case from contesting elections in India. BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, who is among one of the most prolific filers of public interest litigation in India, is among those who had filed such petitions seeking disqualification of such candidates in elections. The petitioners alleged that the current law — which prohibits only convicted people from standing for elections — is being misused by criminal politicians. Charge sheets are filed…

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COLUMN: Why it’s hypocritical for Rahul Gandhi to accuse Narendra Modi of taking money from corporates

One of the interesting aspects of the current accusations and counter accusations around the alleged funding of BJP’s 2014 Lok Sabha campaign by corporate houses is the sheer hypocrisy of it. Let’s see why. According to third-party figures, an estimated Rs 23,000 cr was spent by candidates and political parties on the 2014 general election. Assuming that about 40% of this was spent by the BJP and its candidates, the saffron party’s tally comes to around Rs 9,200. The Indian National Congress and its candidates are likely to have spent about Rs…

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Mining baron Sekhar Reddy arrested after Income Tax raids

Sand miner Shekar Reddy has been arrested, two weeks after the seizure of crores of rupees and gold in an income tax raid. The arrest has come hours after Income Tax officials conducted a raid on Tamil Nadu’s top bureaucrat chief secretary P Rama Mohana Rao at his home. It was speculated that Rao’s home was raided on the basis of information obtained from the earlier raid. Income Tax raids has unearthed Rs 130 crore in cash including Rs 34 crore in new currencies and 177 kg of gold from…

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Demonetizaton: Govt places limits on last minute deposits

The Reserve Bank of India said that any person who continues to hold old notes of 500 and 1000 rupees in bulk will get only one more chance to deposit them into bank accounts and will also have to provide an explanation for the delayed deposit. “Tenders of SBNs in excess of ₹ 5000 into a bank account will be received for credit only once during the remaining period till December 30, 2016. The credit in such cases shall be afforded only after questioning tenderer, on record, in the presence…

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PayTM fraud not related to wallet service

PayTM, India’s largest wallet company, has been cheated to the extent over Rs 6.15 lakh by 48 customers claiming illegal refunds for goods they already received. The fraud does not involve any leakage of money from the wallet service, but is centered around claiming illegal refunds for goods that were ordered, and received via PayTM’s online retail website and app. The complaint found that in 48 cases, customers had received their goods were also given refunds. “As a matter of facts wherein delivery of orders were successful and satisfactory to…

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BSNL JE 2016 recruitment frozen after complaints to DoT – CMD Shrivastava

BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said the recruitment of Junior Engineers (JEs) into the telecom company has been frozen by the Department of Telecom on the basis of complaints. “It is being held up by the Department of Telecom… due to complaints,” Shrivastava said in response to questions by candidates who have qualified in the exams conducted in September 2016. Asked if any of the candidates may be deleted from the merit list, Shrivastava indicated it is too early to say. “Complaints are under investigation,” he said. A…

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PayTM hit by Rs 6.15 lakh fraud

PayTM, India’s largest wallet company, has been cheated to the extent over Rs 6.15 lakh by 48 customers claiming illegal refunds for goods they already received. A case has been registered with the Central Bureau of Investigation, which is currently looking into the matter. Besides PayTM, others such as Freecharge and MobiKwik are also present in the fast growing wallet ecosystem in India. The fraud does not involve any leakage of money from the wallet service, but is centered around claiming illegal refunds for goods that were ordered, and received…

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7 ILLOGICAL REASONS to oppose DEMONETIZATION

The current demonetization move by the Narendra Modi government has seen a lot of accusations and counter-accusations being levelled by both the supporters and opponents of the move. While the government has tried to deal head on with the official accusations levelled by opposition political parties, a much more subtle misinformation campaign is going on on social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook against the campaign. Such campaigns are started and fanned by people who stand to lose from the current crack down on illicit funds — such as corrupt…

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DON’T BE A VICTIM: UID Chief urges people to write purpose on Aadhaar copies

The head of the Unique Identity Authority of India has urged the public to write down the purpose and date when they submit photocopies of their Aaadhar cards to exchange currency notes to prevent misuse. “Photocopies of the Aadhaar letter are being submitted by the general public to banks. We urge them to clearly indicate the purpose for which they are submitting the same along with the date and time. This actually is a good practice whenever they submit photocopies of documents,” said Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Chief Executive Officer of…

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Praful Patel says Modi has made it difficult to fight elections

Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel said political parties are facing a lot of problems in fighting elections due to the ongoing crack-down on cash by Narendra Modi government. “You know what is going on with fighting elections.. you have also been a treasurer,” Patel said in the Rajya Sabha today, looking at a fellow MP. “There is no point is pretending that we don’t know.. we are all aware of the problems,” Patel said, adding that political funding should be rectified to resolve the problem related to cash financing…

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Kerala merchant’s union strike against black-money currency move

Kerala’s merchants and traders union has asked its members to shut all shops from Tuesday to protest the Center’s decision to swap currency notes to control black money. The central government has withdrawn existing 500 and 1000 rupee notes and asked everyone holding the same to get them exchanged with new notes from their nearest banks. The move is seen as a reaction to the pinch felt by the trading class, arguably one of the worst affected by the crackdown. The reason given by the ‘Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekpana Samiti’…

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Income Tax Dept website now shows your bank accounts with cash transactions

Thanks to technology, the Income Tax department is now able to track all your bank accounts in all the banks in India, and show you the details on its website. The details of your accounts can be seen on incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in — the portal used to file your income tax returns. As of now, only those accounts which have substantial cash transactions are listed on the portal. This is helpful to avoid fraud in the context of the ongoing crackdown on black money. In other words, if someone else has opened…

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Income Tax Dept conducts multiple raids across India

With money tied up in banks, the Income Tax department has conducted multiple raids across the country to find undeclared income. The raids were conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh and other cities. The raids are being conducted to unearth undeclared cash, according to sources. It is believed that the Income Tax dept was able to flush out some illegal money in the last 24 hours. People with undeclared income have been making enquiries about what to do with their funds ever since Narendra Modi announced a new currency replacement program…

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Chidambaram says Congress didn’t demonetize because it was costly

Former finance minister P Chidambaram said the previous Congress governments had also considered attacking black money by swapping currency notes, but decided against it as it was considered too costly. Talking to mediapersons, Chidambaram said the cost of swapping the notes would be between Rs 15,000-20,000 cr and the benefit should at least be equal to that amount. “Various governments considered it but it was dropped considering the economic gains would be very small and the inconvenience to the public would be very high,” Chidambaram said. “The test will be…

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Country-made pistol found near JNU campus

A security guard found an improvised pistol and seven cartridges near one of the gates of Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. The items were found inside a bag. The bag was found at 2 am today, about 50 meters from the North Block gate. The area around the North Gate is primarily residential. The university has been seeing a lot of protests and action in recent months. While right-wing groups claim that JNU students are running riot inside the campus, left-wing groups allege that right-wing groups are trying to portray…

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Finally, Kerala CM takes a stand on Lawyers vs Media fight

Almost three months after the tussle between various lawyers associations and journalists first hit the headlines, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today took a stand on the issue, urging lawyers to let the media do their job. “The lawyers should realize that they do wrong in blocking journalists from accessing the court premises,” Vijayan said in a statement, two weeks after International Press Institute expressed its concern at the continued blockade of mediapersons by lawyers’ associations. In a letter, the institution sought the intervention of the Kerala High Court Chief…

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Enforcement Directorate moves to attach FTIL’s Rs 1065 cr Demat assets

63 moons technologies ltd, formerly known as Financial Technologies, said it received a provisional attachment order from the Directorate of Enforcement, Mumbai, attaching securities amounting to face value of Rs 1,065 crore in its demat account. In India, shares and securities are held electronically in a dematerialized (or “Demat”) account, instead of the investor taking physical possession of certificates. The company is taking appropriate steps in consultation with the legal counsel of the company in this matter, it said. This move is a follow up to the arrest of Financial…

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Enforcement Directorate freezes Demat accounts of FTIL

63 moons technologies ltd, formerly known as Financial Technologies, said the Directorate of Enforcement, Mumbai has requested the National Securities Depository Ltd. and Central Depository Services (India) Ltd to freeze the Demat Account of the company maintained with them. In India, shares and securities are held electronically in a dematerialized (or “Demat”) account, instead of the investor taking physical possession of certificates. The Directorate of Enforcement, Mumbai has also requested both the depositories to provide the present status of the demat account of FTIL. The company said it is taking…

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SC cancels Shahabuddin’s bail

The Supreme Court of India cancelled the bail accorded to Mohammad Shahabuddin, a convicted politician from Bihar. He was elected four times as a Member of Parliament from Siwan, Bihar, with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and two times as MLA, to the Bihar Vidhan Sabha. The court asked the Bihar administration to transfer the ex-MLA to jail. The petition against the bail, granted by the Patna High Court, was filed by activist Prashant Bhushan. He was given bail when the defence alleged that the state was delaying the trial…

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